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Margaret Dygas is an artist whose sound has a true international resonance. Born and raised in Poland, at age 11 Margaret and her family moved to Germany, before relocating to California. Surrounded by old school hip-hop as a teenager, her discovery of house music came in the early nineties following a move to New York in order to study fashion. Margaret began to work at legendary New York record shop Eukatech â€“ a spot where she came home with more records than cash in her pocket. Captivated by the British dance scene, Margaret moved to London in the summer of 1999 where she began to DJ and soon played at clubs like Fabric, The End and Herbal. In 2007 she moved to Berlin. Her sets at Panorama Bar (where she currently holds a bi-monthly residency), Watergate, and Club Der Visioneare were exceptionally well received. Her debut release in 2007, â€œDay Afterâ€ (for Jay Hazeâ€™s label Contexterrior) demonstrated the influence Berlin had played on her musical creativity. In October 2010 her first album â€œHow Do You Doâ€ was released on Japanâ€™s PowerShovelAudio label. The album is inspired by the book â€˜Peoplewatchingâ€™, a guide to body language by Desmond Morris. Each track is based on a different emotion (each one relating to a chapter or idea from the book) and is also accompanied by a quote that illuminates the relationship between the music and the book. The CD features a booklet of Margaretâ€™s photographs, taken over the same period as the composition of the album, capturing her personal moments and memories. Margaret followed up her first full-length with the self-titled and more dance oriented album Margaret Dygas on Perlon in 2011. She most recently teamed up with old friend Tobias., for â€œTest The West EPâ€ on Non Standard Productions. With her broad musical background fuelling her desire for electronic experimentation within her music, her productions and dj-sets incorporate the deep and dub-influenced sound she loves, whilst retaining the driving funk of her musical past.